Santee Solutions

Laura Puts Santee First!

As a longtime business executive with tremendous results in the public, private and non-profit sectors, I believe I bring a different perspective to City Council Meetings. The ability to cherish the old and embrace the new is definitely a skill needed as a council member.

In my first few years, I have learned there are many competing priorities in our city. I see my role as a listener, fact finder and problem solver. With that approach comes the need to prioritize constituent concerns (nice to have versus need to have) and be pragmatic when it comes to financing. Empathy is also very important in a public service role. I understand there are many reasons why some processes in government are slow, but my career has been driven by results, so I will keep pushing forward!

COVID-19 & Santee

When businesses were shut down (including a sector of mine) due to the COVID-19 outbreak, business owners in Santee looked for help. I raised my hand to provide leadership and guidance for dozens of people representing a wide array of Santee businesses, helping us navigate the State Reopening Guidelines and San Diego County Health, Safety and Sanitation Protocols. Every week I participate in either The League of California Cities, San Diego County COVID-19 Taskforce and/or White House calls to learn, ask questions, and keep ahead of changes in policy.
I voted to allocate grants and funds for rent/mortgage relief (both residential and commercial), Santee businesses, the Santee Food Bank, Santee Santas, and I pushed to include funds for our local YMCA and Boys & Girls Club so they could reopen summer camps. The struggle has been painful. The relationships and partnerships built, invaluable.

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Laura Koval for Santee City Council District 3